Explosion Rocks Capital City of Tunisia

Eli Ridder | TUNISIA

(71 Republic) – An explosion rocked Tunisia’s capital Tunis on Monday, after a woman reportedly blew herself up in an act of suicide, injuring nine others.

A witness reported an explosion on the central Habib Bourguiba Avenue, and police were seen cordoning off the area. No other injuries were immediately reported. 

Footage from Al Jazeera showed a chaotic scene on the ground, with crowds of people on the streets.

Eight of those hurt in the explosion on Habib Bourguiba, which runs through the middle of the city, were police officers.

The ministry has described the blast, near the Municipal Theatre, as a “terrorist explosion”.

No victim deaths have been reported by officials at this time.

Images from the scene show a large number of emergency service personnel in the area.

The attack comes at a time when the country’s vital tourism industry is starting to show signs of recovery, more than three years after two deadly terror attacks decimated visitor numbers, reported the BBC.

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